Artistic Director Marcus Farnsworth awarded ARAM

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The Festival directors – and no doubt all supporters – warmly congratulate our Founder and Artistic Director on his richly-deserved award from the Royal Academy of Music.  Marcus has written:

‘I was delighted to receive a message earlier in the year from the Royal Academy of Music, where I studied as a postgraduate, to tell me that I had been made an Associate (ARAM). This discretionary honour is handed out “to former students who have made a significant contribution to the music profession.”‘

‘I have won some awards and worked in some wonderful places so far during my career but this is a really special accolade to have been given. I’m also very proud that the award recognises the work that I and my team have done in bringing the Music Festival to Southwell.’

‘The award was made on 11 May at the Duke’s Hall, the central concert hall of the Royal Academy of Music and I grabbed the opportunity to stand in front of the portrait of former principal David Lumsden that hangs there. David was once Rector Chori (Master of the Choristers) at Southwell Minster in the 1950s and I feel sure that he would smile on the continuity of music making that ties our East Midlands town to London’s oldest dedicated music college.’

‘The day itself was quite something, and I felt very privileged to be receiving my award alongside many talented colleagues from all walks of the profession. It was particularly nice for me to see one of my very best friends from my Chetham’s days, the jazz pianist and composer John Escreet. John hails from Doncaster and is now based in New York, so we seized the opportunity for a good old catch up. I hope that one day we can entice him along to Southwell to bring a bit more jazz into the Festival’s repertoire!’
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